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Metadata Practice from Africa

Participants in this year’s IPTC Conference got to hear about the application of the IPTC metadata standard in Africa. The International Press and Telecommunications Council (IPTC) is the governing body of the World’s most widely used metadata standard because it was developed for the publishing industry around the World and has been incorporated by the [...]

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My wife, Rosanne, and I have just returned from the CEPIC Congress which was held this year in Zagreb, Croatia in May 2016. As head of Africa Media Online’s picture library that represents many collections from African photographers and African heritage institutions, Rosanne makes the trek to Europe once a year to keep in touch [...]

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Understanding copyright and licensing is fundamental to the work of professional photographers, mainly because it is how we create value for ourselves and our work in the long term. Ensuring that the copyright to your work is in fact in your hands, in contractual agreements may create you an income stream in decades to come, [...]

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What Kind of Stock Images Sell?

As photographers based in Africa or other parts of the Majority World we are in a position to capture images that are unique and bring a different perspective to the stock photography market. To do that, however, it is important to understand what the market is looking for and what it will appreciate about our [...]

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The Ethics of Photography

As a professional photographer or photojournalist, it is critical to understand the ethics of picture taking. Those ethics differ according the genre of photography. Because photojournalism is supposed to be as authentic a reflection of reality as possible, the bar on ethics in that genre is set very high. In fashion photography, however, there is [...]

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What is Stock Photography

One important income stream for photographers is stock photography. As I interact with professional photographers around Africa and in my own country, South Africa, I am often surprised at how misunderstood the stock photography market is. As a professional needing to survive in a market where there is currently a glut of photography, understanding various [...]

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You may be an award winning photographer with a great ability to tell visual stories, but if you don’t know how to handle yourself as a professional, you won’t survive as a photographer for long. This article on Shutha introduces you to the 4 essential elements needed to become a consummate professional: Competence, Community, Conduct [...]

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You may or may not know that Africa Media Online hosts a Facebook group geared specifically at informing and empowering African photographers. While we do have some international photographers subscribed to the group, the resource is really there primarily to further the work and careers of African photographers. So if you are an African photographer [...]

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If you are a photographer or are considering generating an income from photography it is worth paying a visit to Shutha.org a free online resource that we created with funding from the Dutch Postcode Lottery via World Press Photo. The site was created specifically to be an open resource for professional photographers and students of photography [...]

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Last year I had the privilege of being a judge at the 9th CHIPP Awards in the beautiful lake side city of Hangzhou in China’s eastern Zhejiang province. The China International Press Photo Contest is closely modelled on the World Press Photo contest and certainly has the prize money to match with the equivalent of USD16,000 [...]

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